Dr. Dolittle
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Betty Thomas directed this adaptation of the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting (1886-1947), updating the original concepts into the present day. When noted surgeon Dr. John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) swerves his car to avoid hitting a dog, he hits his head on the windshield, triggering his long-dormant gift for holding conversations with animals. Friends, associates and his wife Lisa (Kristen Wilson), all express concern, but Dr. Dolittle is happy as he takes on new animal clients. Soon Dolittle's clinic becomes a haven for talking rats, birds, and other assorted members of the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"Slim on story and rife with scatological jokes, the film may strike a chord with pre-teens but misses for an older crowd despite some nifty effects and broad humor."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"The old actor's rule -- never work with animals or kids -- has never seemed more apt. The animals steal the scene from Murphy every time, and he gives it up gladly."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"This gimmicky animal tale is crude but funny."
‑ Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
"Dr. Dolittle is destined to be a money maker, since kids will see the talking animals and be instantly taken in, but it is the film's utter lack of anything wholesome that causes its downfall."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"Provides enough entertainment for the audience to enjoy the film despite [its] flaws."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Murphy's likeable, the script's laden with a gaggle of one-liners, and there's even a vague message nestling beneath the zoological chaos."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Dr. Dolittle runs out of ideas long before the projector runs out of film."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even star Eddie Murphy seems bored."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"One of the things about Dr. Dolittle that helps raise it above kiddy-fare and give the accompanying adults a bit of amusing entertainment are the not-so-kid-targeted jokes."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Dr. Dolittle doesn't cut it as a family film or as a comedy farce. It's too vulgar to be the former and too inconsistent to be the latter. But consider this movie to be a test -- how many times can you laugh at one joke?"
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"The movie will not harm anyone, and in the audience I saw it with, lots of parents and kids seemed to be laughing together."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's quite funny for the first thirty minutes, but after that it's kind of like beating a dead horse. A dead talking horse."
‑ Jon Popick, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Eddie Murphy is one of those actors who is almost always funny. Although this is not one of his best movies, he is thoroughly enjoyable here, with the other actors mainly staying out of the way of his bits."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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